Kitchen Sink Organization

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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I don't know about you, but I feel like my kitchen sink is always an ongoing battle.  Even when the dishwasher is fully loaded and running, there are still the pots and pans and other fragile dishware sitting in the sink. I'm usually too lazy to wash them right away, so they just sit there. It hit me the other day that I should just invest in a countertop dish rack and reorganize things to set me up for success. Duh! After doing this, I feel like the kitchen sink is now a happy place!

First, I headed to Target and used a 15% off Cartwheel coupon to score this heavy duty Rubbermaid Dish Rack to help with my sink clutter battle.

This was my sink. It deceivingly looks somewhat clean...

But the overspill of dishes that didn't fit in the dishwasher and fragile things are always lurking.

I had rigged up this cake stand to hold my soaps and sponges (they were living in the flower pot), but it just always seemed nasty and dingy.

The dish soap holder lost it's top and then just looked like this always. Yuck.

So, like any good DIY-er and thrifty girl, I headed to the thrift store to see if I could come up with an easy solution. I immediately spotted these office supply organizers and I knew they had potential.

I invisioned my empty nook right here....

And so after a little oil rubbed bronze spray paint,

That little nook was transformed into this:

The pencil/paper holder was the absolute perfect size for holding sponges!! And the small shelf fit a nice new shiny glass dish soap holder, a tiny dish for the scrubber and a new friendly succulent.

That pot with the nasty sponges also acquired a new friend for the kitchen

And now my pots and pans and too-big-for-the-dishwasher stuff can hang out in the Rubbermaid Dish Rack, which really does get the job done! (Why was I wasting my time with hand drying? Just stick those wet suckers on this rack and it does all the work.)

Yay! Just a few small changes makes this space fresh and happy!

DIY Stenciled Pillow

Sunday, May 4, 2014

I recently created a fun stenciled pillow for the girls' bedroom using I Love To Create’s Tulip For Your Home stencil kit.  This line of stencils and paints are so cute and it was the easiest thing to make. I think the project took me 10 minutes total!

These are the supplies I used:
  • 1 large stencil
  • 1 small stencil
  • 2 colors of fabric paint
  • Foam roller
  • Spray adhesive
  • Pillow cover
Here's how to make it!
Step 1: Put newspaper or cardboard inside your pillow cover.

Step 2: Spray the back of the large stencil with spray adhesive and lay it on the pillow.

Step3: Roll on the fabric paint and remove the stencil while still wet.

Step 4: After it is dry (get out the hair dryer if you are impatient like me!), repeat the steps with the smaller stencil in a contrasting color. Done!

 The girls needed a new pillow for their bed and I think the chandelier design is super cute.

Check out more of ILTC’s Tulip For Your Home products on their various spots around the web!

This was a sponsored post, but opinions are always my own!
Check out some other fun stenciled pillows below!